Advisory Group

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the CERF Advisory Group provides the Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of CERF.

The group does this through the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos. Ms. Amos manages CERF’s day-to-day operations on the Secretary-General’s behalf.

Advisory Group members serve in their individual capacity, and not as representatives of their countries or Governments. They include Government officials from contributing and recipient countries, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations and academic experts. Members have been carefully selected to reflect a geographical and gender balance.

CURRENT Members 2013-2014

Mr. Carlos Eduardo Zaballa
Special Consultant for International Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Catherine Walker
First Assistant Director-General
Humanitarian and Stabilisation Division and Humanitarian Coordinator


Mr. Jan Vandemoortele
Retired UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Expert


Mr. Brouz Ralph Enneric Coffi 
Minister Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of Cote d'Ivoire to the United Nations
Cote d'Ivoire  

Mr. Stephen Salewicz
International Humanitarian Assistance Directorate
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)


Mr. Wenliang Yao
Commercial Counsellor
Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs
Ministry of Commerce

Ms. Nancy Butijer
Head, Division for Economic Multilateral Relations, Economic and Social Issues
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs


Mr. Mathewos Hunde Tulu
Disaster Risk Reduction/Management Advisor for the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD)


Ms. Yukie Osa
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan
Professor in the Department of Sociology
Rikkyo University


Ms. Jette Michelsen   
Counsellor, Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs and Political Coordinator
Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations

Dr. Eltje Aderhold   
Head of Divison
Task Force for Humanitarian Aid of the Federal Foreign Office


Ms. Saadatou Mallam Barmou
Special Advisor
Humanitarian and Social Actions
Cabinet of the Prime Minister
Ms. Susan Eckey
Minister Counsellor
Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York

Ms. Biya Han
Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

Specialist (Humanitarian and emergency affairs)

World Vision Korea

Republic of Korea


Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi   
Director of the Department of International Development
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Director-General of the Qatar Development Fund


Mr. Jozef H.L.M. Andriessen      
Director of the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Netherlands
Major General Dr. Julius Oketta
National Emergency Operations and Coordination Centre
Office of the Prime Minister,Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management
Ms. Susanna Moorehead
Western and Southern Africa
Department for International Development (DfID)
United Kingdom